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VETERAN horseman Colin McDowell set the Bathurst track alight Wednesday night and in driving rain, wound back the clock with a powerful race-to-race double in partnership with top trainer Kerry McDowell. Their five-year-old gelding Shanocon ($9.80) never looked likely. He was back in the field behind ($1.80) Im All Courage but as they blazed for home the pacer by Bettor Delight stormed home down the outside to win the Get Well Soon Belly Pace (1730m) by a half neck with the favourite I’m All Courage a gritty second and Sams Express third. The overall time of 2.03.07 backed up by some blistering sectionals. The finish by Shanocon surprised the race caller Fred Hastings saying ‘’Wow he came further back then Walla Walla to win that.’’ Colin was just as surprised: ‘’ I was pretty surprised myself, he just unleashed," he said. Not long later McDowell brought out Zanadu who had not race since February. The Bettor Delight filly out of Glenferrie Shuffle was a $1.70 favourite and had won on debut at Newcastle. The three-year-old bay used gate speed to punch to the lead and despite a quality field it contained pressure and pace. Zanadu stepped on the electricity in the third quarter posting a brisk sectional which set up a thrilling finish but McDowell had the horse full of running staving off the last second challenge from Gold Rocks and Hammer time Harley to win the HRNSW Guaranteed Fillies Pace. ‘’Gee it set some pretty fast sectionals," Colin said ‘’ We’re setting her for the Gold Chalice in March here, she’ll go well.’’ Former New Zealand pacer Coolie Kid was facing a big test in the Get Well Soon Monica Pace (2260m), punters sent out Dream to Share as a $3.80 favourite but Mitch Turnbull was full of horse. The four-year-old gelding by Mach Three skirted the outside and rushed home in a powerful burst to stave off the fast finishing Imthevillagestar and Studleigh Kristen. ‘’I knew he was going well and he did finish brilliantly,’’ driver Mitch Turnbull said trackside for trainer Steve Turnbull. Coolie Kid’s ($4.00) 94-year-old part owner Jack Shanks was excited, he sat and cheered as his pacer ran home for it’s fifth consecutive win. Mr Shanks owns a property near Gilgandra in the central west. Fouroeight also starred Wednesday night for a pleased Mat Rue. The smart Bathurst driver waited patiently and then let rip with a blistering turn of foot to down a fast finishing Izzy Watt and Heza Bromac. ‘’I knew he was a run short in the Shirley Turnbull Memorial (where he finished a very strong fourth) but he was right tonight and there’s a lot more to come,’’ Rue said The Rock N Roll Heaven four-year-old impressed the crowd. The Rue’s grabbing a unique quinella. Lagom, enhanced Amanda Turnbull premiership ambitions with a thorough win in the 1730m Ladyship Pace. ‘’He was tough and strong, good win,’’ she said. Top line reinsman Bernie Hewitt began quickly and dominated The For A Reason Pace with Crossfirehall, ‘’He used good gate speed and he was always going to be hard to beat in front," he said. Favourite Volaticus opened the night with a strong win in the Stu Valentine 4 Bloodstock Insurance Pace  (1730m) with a strong front running display for Cameron Hart ‘’ He was good and very tough,’’ he said. Jason Turnbull was awarded drive of the night with Cambo Blaster ($3.00 favourite). He took the three-year-old in the Ballinger Transport Pace to the outside and rushed to the front near the line to win for Wendy Turnbull. ‘’We all impressed with him, that was a really good run.’’ Farren Hotham

Harness Racing’s greatest attribute is the diversity of participation that it provides. There are many owner trainer drivers with one or two horses, numerous stables with 40 or more horses in work and many in between. A perfect example is the recent Gold Crown winner, a $10,000 APG graduate, bred by one of the state’s biggest producers, owned by someone who normally would only have several horses and trained by a young fellow with international experience who has 3 horses in work and provides an extensive farrier service to multiple stables. In the mix of the above examples sits the three nominees for the Owners Association Owner of the month of February. The first nominee is the Allied Courier Group owned by Cheryl and Colin McDowell. The McDowells have owned, trained and driven a great number of horses for as long as I have been involved in the sport. They have raced a number of high profile horses and currently have racing one of the most balanced groups in many years. Trained by son Dean on a private facility at Mulgoa, west of Sydney, in the month of February they were successful 9 times with 7 individual horses including a Group 3 win with Stardust. Other winners were, Highest Mountain, Wink Twice, The Twilight Dancer twice, Home of the Brave, Gotta Glow and Chevals Charlie. With horses like these and Colin’s take no prisoners style of driving, there will be many more winners to come. The second nominee for February is Riverina owner, Paul Kahefeldt, who won 4 races with 2 horses, namely Lettucefib and Lettuceriprita. Paul has raced numerous class horses over the years the most recent being Group winner Lettucerockthem, and has extensive experience at training with his own horses. Our third nominee is Inter Dominion winning driver Howard James, who for a significant part of his career was foreman for Brian Hancock. Howard has continued his involvement with Harness Racing and the Owners Association wish to acknowledge his success as an Owner following his win with Mortensen at Goulburn on 24th February. Well done Howard!! We wish to announce that the Owners Bonus Scheme that has been so well received in previous years will again be conducted in 2014. A press release detailing the participating Clubs and their race dates will be announced soon but remember to be eligible the Managing Owner of the horse must be a financial member of the Association when the horse is nominated for the event. Last year alone there was $19,000 in bonuses earnt. Harness Racing New South Wales

The 2014 Amateur World Driver's Championship will be held in Finland in July with Australia to be represented by NSW's Colin McDowell. The Amateur series is open to drivers who do not derive their primary income from driving in races. McDowell, who drives for his son Dean, said he is honoured to be able to represent Australia. "To represent your country is a dream for anybody," said McDowell. "I am truly honoured to be able to do it in the sport I love." Trotting is one of Finland's most popular sports. Approximately 600 meetings are held every year, with almost 8,000 horses and more than 2,000 drivers participating. There are some 160 professional trainers in Finland. More than 7,000 people are registered in the amateur trainer register. The annual total turnover from horse betting is approximately 300 million AUD. In international comparison, Finland is among the five largest trotting countries in Europe. The Amateur series kicks off on Sunday July 6 with three races to be run at Riihimaki. A further three races are to be run on July 8 at Finland's second biggest track, Tamperen Ravirata, Tievo. The final three events will be conducted at Vermon Ravirata (Finland's main track) on Wednesday July 9. Courtesy of Harness Racing NSW             Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |   22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200   T: 02 9722 6600| F: 02 85805792 | E: nogrady@hrnsw.com.au| W: www.hrnsw.com.au & www.trotstv.com.au               Warning to recipients:   This email and any attachments are confidential and subject to copyright. If you are not the intended recipient any use, disclosure or copying is unauthorised. If you have received this email in error please advise us immediately by reply email and delete all copies. It is your responsibility to examine this email and any attachments for viruses. Any personal information in this email must be handled in accordance with privacy legislation.          

Unbeaten filly Bamako Mali added one of harness racing’s most unusual trophies to Team McCarthy’s burgeoning trophy cabinet with an all-the-way win in tonight’s $50,000 Allied Express Pink Bonnet at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Fresh from an impressive effort to win on Tuesday to qualify for the Group Two feature, Bamako Mali probably won the race when the mobile let them go. Reinsman Luke McCarthy took full advantage of Bamako Mali’s enormous gate speed and had little problem holding out her rivals in the run to the first turn, despite pressure from Butterfly Princess, driven by the race sponsor Colin McDowell and Miss Condoleezza (Anthony Butt). There was no loafing in those early stages of the race either, with a 27.8 first split of the mile before McCarthy was able to back off the speed ever so slightly with a 30.1 second split. Then it was foot to the floor stuff as this impressive Art Major filly gave none of her rivals a hope, coming home with a last half of 57.7 seconds (29s and 28.7s) to beat Mustang Jet by four and a half metres in a 1:55.6 mile rate with the gutsy Girls Go Racing coming from three back on the markers to grab third for the winning stable. Part of Bamako Mali’s prize in winning the Pink Bonnet is exactly that, a pink bonnet, which she wasn’t all that keen to wear – but relented in the end. Trainer Belinda McCarthy gave the credit to her husband Luke for “another great drive” but Bamako Mali will definitely go on to bigger and better things. Harness Racing New South Wales ALLIED EXPRESS PINK BONNET (GROUP 2)

United Nations International Day of People with Disability   Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway harness racing club will mark the United Nations International Day of People with Disability (on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013) by partnering with Sylvanvale Disability Services and Civic Lifestyles to host the Inaugural Accessibility Art Exhibition, No Barriers, in the Phil Lopez OBE Grandstand on Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial Gala Race Night, Saturday, December 7th, 2013.   ‘United Nations International Day of People with Disability plays an important role in promoting the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of life – and Bankstown Paceway is elated to join with Sylvanvale Disability Services and Civic Lifestyles in commemorating the abilities and achievements of people with disability,’ Bankstown Paceway director Andrew Ho told Harnesslink.   ‘The International Day of People with Disability provides an opportunity for each and every one of us to increase our awareness of disability and to reflect on the barriers to accessibility,’ Mr Ho said.   ‘No Barriers: The Inaugural Accessibility Art Exhibition at Bankstown Paceway is about all of us recognising and celebrating the achievements of people with disability in our community, continuing our mission to break down barriers for people with disability and opening the doors for an inclusive society through our shared passion for art and the sport of harness racing,’ Mr Ho added.   The Inaugural Accessibility Art Exhibition, No Barriers, will be held in the Phil Lopez OBE Grandstand, Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, on Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial Gala Race Night, Saturday, December 7th, 2013, from 5.00 pm.  Entry is free.   A race night dinner at Bankstown Paceway featuring performances from the cast of The Burning Log Comedy Theatre Restaurant, hosted by Sylvanvale Disability Services and Civic Lifestyles, will also be held on the night.  Bookings can be made by calling 1300 843 564 or 1300 THE LOG.   Day and night racing returns to Bankstown Paceway   ‘Afternoon harness racing – as well as the spectacle of night racing under the ribbon of light – will return to Condell Park’s Bankstown Paceway trotting track for the Allied Express Summer Carnival of Harness Racing which begins on Monday afternoon, December 2nd, 2013,’ Bankstown Paceway director Andrew Ho has told Harnesslink.   ‘This will be followed by the historic 30th Anniversary Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial Gala Race Night on Saturday, December 7th, 2013, Sydney Christmas Cup on Monday, December 16th, 2013, Elvis Birthday Race Day on Friday, January 3rd, 2014, Year of the Horse Race Day on Monday, February 3rd, 2014, and Cancer Council Relay for Life Race Day on Friday, February 28th, 2014,’ Mr Ho said.   ‘Harness racing’s “King of Condell Park”, dual Bankstown Paceway annual drivers premiership winner Josh Willick, hopes to make it three years in row – taking an early lead in the 2013/14 season following his breathtaking five race wins during the Bankstown City Council Cup Carnival of Harness Racing,’ he said.   ‘The 2008 Grand Circuit race winning driver and the only Condell Park resident in a generation to personally claim the coveted Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial trophy (with Robin Hood) has been named “Driver of the Year” for the last two seasons – after defeating his Ellis Street neighbour, triple Group 1 race winning driver Lauren Panella.   ‘The Condell Park dad currently leads the 2013/14 drivers premiership on seventeen points from his five race wins and one placing.   ‘He is followed by last year’s state drivers premiership winner Amanda Turnbull on fourteen points from her two wins and four placings,  former Bankstown Paceway board member Glenn McElhinney on eleven points from his three wins and one placing, Colin McDowell and David Morris on eight points each, Steve Turnbull on six points, Jim Douglass, Blake Fitzpatrick and Robert Morris on five points each, and Kylie Barnes and Mat Rue on three points each,’ Mr Ho added.   Racecourse entry is free for all harness race meetings at Condell Park’s Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, which will be held on the following days during the Allied Express Summer Carnival of Harness Racing: Monday 2 December 2013 – Race 1 at 1.39 pm (Gates open at 11 am) – M. H. Treuer Memorial Prelude Race Day (Day Race Meeting); SATURDAY 7 DECEMBER 2013 – Race 1 at 6.10 pm (Gates open at 5 pm) – 30TH ANNIVERSARY GROUP 1 M. H. TREUER MEMORIAL GALA RACE NIGHT (NIGHT RACE MEETING); Monday 16 December 2013 – Race 1 at 1.39 pm (Gates open at 11 am) – Christmas Cup Race Day (Day Race Meeting); Friday 3 January 2014 – Race 1 at 2.04 pm – Elvis Birthday Race Day (Day Race Meeting); Monday 3 February 2014 – Race 1 after 1 pm – Year of the Horse New Year Cup Race Day (Day Race Meeting); and Friday 28 February 2014 – Race 1 after 1 pm – Cancer Council Relay for Life Race Day (Day Race Meeting). Bookings for race day lunch and race night dining packages can be made at admin@bankstownpaceway.com.au or on 02 9708 4111.   By Megan J Lavender  

Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway harness racing club has claimed the lion’s share of nominations for tomorrow’s Harness Racing New South Wales Industry Awards, including: a.. Bankstown Paceway champion driver Lauren Panella will be inducted as a New South Wales Centurion for 100 or more race wins in New South Wales during the 2012/2013 season; b.. Bankstown Paceway champion driver Lauren Panella has been nominated for the New South Wales Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Metropolitan) – for this award, drivers are selected on a number of criteria including general behaviour, conduct in the Stewards Room, driving record, performance statistics and professionalism; c.. Bankstown Paceway committeeman Andrew Ho has been nominated for the New South Wales Volunteer Award; d.. Bankstown Paceway committeewoman Megan Lavender has been nominated for the New South Wales Volunteer Award; e.. Bankstown Paceway veteran horseman Bert Read has been nominated for the New South Wales Volunteer Award; f.. Three-year-old bay gelding, Home of the Brave, owned by Bankstown Paceway patrons and honorary life members Colin and Cheryl McDowell, has been nominated for New South Wales Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding of the Year – for this award, a horse from any jurisdiction may be considered for nomination; however there are two separate criteria for voting – horses trained in NSW can be judged on all performances that season, while horses trained outside of New South Wales can only be judged on those performances in New South Wales during the 2012/2013 season; g.. Six-year-old bay gelding, Gaius Caesar NZ, trained by third generation Bankstown Paceway member Darren Binskin, and driven by Lauren Panella, has been nominated for New South Wales Aged Entire or Gelding of the Year – for this award, a horse from any jurisdiction may be considered for nomination; however there are two separate criteria for voting – horses trained in NSW can be judged on all performances that season, while horses trained outside of New South Wales can only be judged on those performances in New South Wales during the 2012/2013 season; and h.. Nine-year-old bay gelding, Washakie NZ, four time winner of the Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial at Bankstown Paceway, has been nominated for New South Wales Aged Entire or Gelding of the Year – for this award, a horse from any jurisdiction may be considered for nomination; however there are two separate criteria for voting – horses trained in NSW can be judged on all performances that season, while horses trained outside of New South Wales can only be judged on those performances in New South Wales during the 2012/2013 season. The 2012/13 Harness Racing New South Wales Industry Awards will be presented at a gala awards dinner at Sydney’s Hilton Hotel tomorrow night (Saturday, October 26th, 2013).  

‘Harness racing’s “King of Condell Park”, dual Bankstown Paceway annual drivers premiership winner Josh Willick, hopes to make it three years in row – taking an early lead in the 2013/14 season following his breathtaking five race wins during the Bankstown City Council Cup Carnival of Harness Racing,’ Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley has told Harnesslink. ‘The 2008 Grand Circuit race winning driver and the only Condell Park resident in a generation to personally claim the coveted Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial trophy (with Robin Hood) has been named “Driver of the Year” for the last two seasons – after defeating his Ellis Street neighbour, triple Group 1 race winning driver Lauren Panella,’ Mr Bentley said. ‘The Condell Park dad currently leads the 2013/14 drivers premiership on seventeen points from his five race wins and one placing,’ the president said. ‘He is followed by last year’s state drivers premiership winner Amanda Turnbull on fourteen points from her two wins and four placings, former Bankstown Paceway board member Glenn McElhinney on eleven points from his three wins and one placing, Colin McDowell and David Morris on eight points each, Steve Turnbull on six points, Jim Douglass, Blake Fitzpatrick and Robert Morris on five points each, and Kylie Barnes and Mat Rue on three points each,’ Mr Bentley added. Photo: The King of Condell Park, 2011/12 and 2012/13 Bankstown Paceway Driver of the Year Joshua Willick, claims victory in the Allied Express Pace with five year old brown gelding Ambush Prince for trainer Dean McDowell. Megan J. Lavender

Many expected a horse with the word 'brave' in their name to win the $125,000 Group One Mach Three Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge for the harness racing 3YO Colts & Gelding, but that horse was Bebrave and not Home Of The Brave.

Life has a way of repeating itself and so it is with January's harness racing owners of the month. First of the three nominees is well known owner, Joe Cordina, who managed to win 5 races with 3 horses, namely, Falcon Chief, Gypsy Babe and Major Joy.

'Bankstown Paceway life member and Allied Express supremo Colin McDowell made history on Heritage Race Day by claiming victory in his own race at Sydney's harness racing home, Bankstown Paceway, on Monday, April 30th, 2012,' Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender has revealed to Harnesslink.

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